Michael Dore Partner

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Michael Dore Argues before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Welfare Fund v. Merck & Co., March 19, 2007

Chair, Products & Specialty Torts Practice

Known both within the firm and by his clients as "The Professor," Michael Dore has been advising corporate clients in complex mass tort, environmental and insurance matters for two decades. Mike's rare combination of academic and practical experience allows him to serve clients with a unique perspective on the issues they face.

Mike has taught classes in both Environmental Law and Mass Torts since 1984 as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. His treatise on mass torts, the five-volume Law of Toxic Torts: Litigation, Defense, Insurance (Thomson Reuters/West 2012), and his numerous law review articles on expert evidence and other litigation topics have been cited by courts throughout the United States and relied on in the Federal Judicial Center's Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence.

Mike served as trial counsel for Napp Chemical Company following a plant explosion that resulted in five worker deaths and all but closed the city of Lodi, New Jersey. He also served as lead defense counsel in criminal and administrative proceedings involving industrial emissions that resulted in the hospitalization of more than 50 middle school students. In addition, he has defended personal injury and property damage claims brought against Bristol-Myers Squibb by more than 150 neighbors of the company's New Brunswick, New Jersey, manufacturing facility. Indeed, his extensive and influential writing about New Jersey's Mass Tort Coordination procedures has led to his participation in numerous "Multi-County Litigation" matters involving both pharmaceutical products and environmental claims. 

Representative Engagements

In re Napp Technologies – Served as lead counsel with respect to OSHA and civil claims arising out of a multiple-fatality chemical plant explosion in Lodi, New Jersey.
Devoe v. The P.F. Laboratories, Inc., et al. – Served as New Jersey counsel for a class action and individual claims involving the distribution of OxyContin.
In re Bristol-Myers Squibb Environmental Claim – Defended a multi-county litigation in New Jersey involving personal injury and property damage claims brought by more than 150 neighbors of BMS' New Brunswick, New Jersey, manufacturing facility.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2016) – Recognized in the environmental category. Chambers notes "clients agree that he is one of the most effective lawyers in New Jersey, and a nationally recognized expert;" "he is a very experienced, professional, and knowledgeable attorney;" and also that he is "a very smart lawyer who never gives up - he always looks for a way to resolve the issue for the client."  

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2017)

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2016) – Recognized in the class actions/mass torts section.


Environmental Class Actions: Where We Have Been and Where We May Wind Up in the Future
Chapter of Inside the Minds, Litigation Environmental Class Actions (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2012), 2012
Michael Dore
Law of Toxic Torts: Litigation, Defense, Insurance
Thomson Reuters/West 2012 (Five Volumes), 2012
Michael Dore
The New Jersey Mass Tort Designation Process
New Jersey Lawyer, August 2011
Michael Dore
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Press Mentions

Michael Dore comments on how the outcome of the first Toyota bellwether trial will likely influence future trials. , The National Law Journal , June 13, 2011
Michael Dore profiled by the New Jersey Law Journal for his argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court in a class action case filed against Merck & Co., comments on the Consumer Fraud Act's possible impact on the case's outcome. , The New Jersey Law Journal , March 23, 2007

Related Areas

Environmental Law & Litigation
Insurance Recovery Group
Life Sciences
Products & Specialty Torts


Rutgers Law School ( J.D. , 1975 ) , Editor, Rutgers Law Review, National Moot Court Team
Amherst College ( B.A. , 1972 ) , cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers University Law School (1984 - present)
  • American Law Institute (Elected Member)
  • Founding Chair, Defense Research Institute, Environmental Law Committee